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Subject: [Leica] Recent Leica 90/2.8 - Seeking Comments and Advice
From: scott at (Scott McLoughlin)
Date: Wed Oct 20 20:59:58 2004
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Thanks for all the comments. Glad to hear that at least one Nikkor
105/2.5 user compares the 90/2.8 favorably, but sorry to hear we
have one vote for a sterile fingerprint. I'll be looking at more sample
images in the future.

Also sorry to hear about the weight. OTOH, having to stick the
Nikon glass as well as my FM3a in my bag alongside my Leica
gear is pretty heavy too.  Reducing this weight is probably my
main reason for looking for a good M mount 90mm lens.

Is there a decent M mount, f2.8 or better 90mm that weighs
less?  What about the CV offering?  Although I'm already bummed
about the speed of that lens :-)

B.D. and Mark's counsel is perhaps the path of least risk and
greatest economy.  I am pretty happy with my Nikon 85+105
+135 lenses.  Love my FM3a too.   DOF preview comes in
handy with my teles.

I find that the 85/1.8 AFD does produce very hexagonal OOF highlights,
but it's very, very sharp (in that clinical Nikon way).  It was pretty
inexpensive as well.  I've had some serious 85/1.4 AFD lust a few
months back. Stellar lens by all accounts I'm aware of.   Maybe
I'll pick one of those up and utilize the Leica for 50mm and shorter
focal lengths.

Again, many thanks.


Scott McLoughlin wrote:

> I'm idly thinking about some gear additions and
> enhancements I might make early next year. Right
> now, I have some lenses between 21mm and 50mm.
> With the recent addition of the 28 Summicron, I
> think I'm pretty content in this  range.
> So I'm putting out feelers for a longer lens. Right
> now, the 90/2.8 looks enticing.  Not too big, built
> in convenient shade, pricey but not way too pricey,
> E46 filters like my 28/2.
> Any issues regarding the 90/2.8?  Any "better" options
> I should consider?  Should I wait for the Zeiss 85mm
> and see how she performs?  Any other size, weight,
> speed tradeoffs I should consider?
> Should I spring for the 1.25x magnfier to use this lens
> on my M6 w/.72 finder?
> Right now I shoot a few short teles on my Nikon FM3a:
> 85/1.8, 105/2.5 and 135/2.8.   So this will be my first foray
> into shooting a longer lens on my Leica.
> Thanks for any advice.
> Scott
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